How to stay safe on public transport under Italy’s lockdown phase two

How to stay safe on public transport under Italy's lockdown phase two
Commuters in central Milan on May 5th. Photo: AFP
Italy's health ministry has issued new guidance on reducing the risk of infection when using public transport.

More people are now using public transport again, as Italy moved into phase two this week and some workplaces reopened.

Milan's public transport system is currently running at 25 percent of its usual capacity, and across the country buses, trams, and metro trains now feature signs warning travellers to keep their distance.

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The Italian government has also stated that masks must be worn when using on all forms of public transport.

In addition to this, the Italian health ministry on Wednesday published official advice on staying safe when using public transport – assessed by workplace injury insurance agency INAIL.as being a “medium-high risk” environment for coronavirus infection, the Ansa news agency reports.

The risk rises to “high” during peak times in urban areas, the insurers said.

Here are the steps Italy's health ministry says should be followed when using buses, trams, metros and trains.

  • Do not use public transport if you have any symptoms of acute respiratory infections (fever, cough, or cold).

  • If possible, buy tickets electronically – online or via apps.

  • Follow the signs and designated routes in stations and at stations.

  • Always keep a distance of at least one metre from other people while travelling.

  • Use the doors indicated to get on and off the vehicle.

  • Only sit in places where seating is allowed and maintain a distance from other passengers.

  • Avoid approaching or asking for information from the driver.

  • Use disposable gloves while travelling and be careful not to touch your face.

  • Wear a protective face-mask to cover your nose and mouth.

 

Photo: AFP

 

 


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